5 NYC co-ops for sale with built-ins, high ceilings, and other classic features

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
July 14, 2021 - 12:30PM

This Prospect Lefferts Gardens two-bedroom co-op has arched doorways, built-in bookshelves, and original hardwood floors.

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If you’re looking to buy a New York City apartment that’s not a white box and has some character, you’re likely going to focus your search on prewar co-ops, which also tend to have more living space—and are cheaper than condos—bonus!

That’s because prewar co-ops have classic features that give your apartment more personality, like arched doorways, high ceilings, and sunken living rooms, details which also help make them seem bigger. Many of these apartments also feature separate dining spaces, dressing rooms, multiple closets, and built-in shelves for all of your stuff. And there are the characteristics that just give your place more charm like original moldings and fireplaces.

Most new developments lack many of these features, especially if they have a modern, open floor plan, but if you’re looking for a place that has newer finishes, there are renovated co-ops on the market that still preserve the apartment’s originality. 

So if living in a co-op sounds like a fit, check out these places for sale in Norwood, Sutton Place, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Forest Hills, and the Upper East Side.

3000 Valentine Ave., #5H, Norwood 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $375,000. The renovated sponsor co-op has arched doorways, built-ins, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, hardwood floors, moldings, updated electrical, and a sunken living room. The building has a laundry room. Monthly maintenance is $1,368.

339 East 58th St., #6D, Sutton Place 

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $549,000. Apartment #6D has high beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, built-ins, moldings, three closets, and a dishwasher. Amenities include a doorman, live-in super, laundry room, and bike storage. Monthly maintenance is $1,766. 

50 Lefferts Ave., #3E, Prospect Lefferts Gardens

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $919,000. The corner apartment has arched doorways, moldings, original hardwood floors, high ceilings, built-ins, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, several closets, and a sunken living room. Amenities include a part-time doorman, live-in super, porter, laundry room, and bike storage. Monthly maintenance is $1,193.

113-14 72nd Rd., #1E, Forest Hills 

This three bedroom, two and a half bath is listed for $945,000. The renovated apartment has hardwood floors, arched doorways, built-ins, recessed lighting, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceiling fans, several closets, and a formal dining room. The building has a doorman, live-in super, laundry room, gym, package room, and garage. Monthly maintenance is $1,930.

310 East 70th St., #9K, Upper East Side  

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $1,395,000. Apartment #9K has parquet floors, built-ins, moldings, stainless steel appliances, several windows, five closets, a separate dining area, and new doors. The building has a doorman, resident manager, laundry room, and bike storage. Monthly maintenance is $2,635. 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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